Number 20: Child poverty: a review - Bruce Bradbury

The central message of this paper is that child poverty is much more complicated than just looking at income levels. In determining how a child's needs are met, it is important to consider how resources are shared and used within a household, the value of other services provided (eg child care, education) and the value of parental care.

This review addresses five main questions:

  • How should we define child poverty?
  • Should it be a focus of policy concern?
  • How should it be measured?
  • What causes it?
  • What policy strategies can be used to combat it?

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